Highlights of the Week


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Wow, why do Saturday’s fly by but Tuesdays linger?  I’ve had a really busy day!  It started off with some yoga.  As I have mentioned I am pursing the highest level of yoga certification and on Saturday mornings I hit up the Teacher Training aspect of my practice and study with my two teachers and the other yogis and yoginis in the teacher training program.  I also found out that my graduation date is in 3 weeks!  Meaning, I will have my 500 Hours and can register with Yoga Alliance at the highest level!  If anyone missed my mega Yoga FAQ Post this week and you’re curious what this means or what you should be looking for in a teacher, I covered it there.

Then I ventured to Starbucks for my post-yoga java treat.  With or without yoga, I’d still be guzzling the ‘joe on any Saturday morning!  Caffeine in hand, I went and got my eyebrows waxed because a new waxing salon opened right next to Starbucks, how convenient, and it was super cheap and I thought what the heckAnd now I am smooth and lovin’ it! I admit that after having a child, spending money, or time, on things like eyebrow waxing kind of falls by the wayside but this was a reminder that hello, I am woman, hear my eyebrows me roar and to enjoy these little indulgences every now and then!

I have so many people tell me they enjoy my Highlights of the Week Posts, and in case you missed last week’s Highlights & Recap Post, here it is!  Check it out because these posts are always loaded up with the good stuff of the week!

Here’s This Week’s Highlight Reel:
Sunday I made Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes

Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes with butter, blueberries and syrup

Close up of Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes

With Real Maple Syrup and Fresh Blueberries.  And I talked about being Gluten-Free even if you don’t “have to be” because wheat & gluten are inflammatory & hard to digest.

Overhead of Vegan Gluten Free PancakesClose up of dripping syrup on Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes

Scott Gobbled Banana Brulee Oats

Banana Brulee Oats
 Garnished with half a banana and raisins
Banana Brulee Oats topped with sliced bananas and raisins

And I Gobbled Salads

Salad with Creamy Tahini Cesar-Inspired Dressing
And then this raw salad
Green salad with mixed vegetables
With homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing
Salad with vegetables topped with Vegan Slaw Dressing

Skylar is having a Birthday and you told me your favorite childhood birthday memories

Birthday Party Supplies on countertop
Young girl up close smiling

Monday there was my massive Yoga FAQ Post!

Woman doing yoga pose and smiling

Everything you’d ever want to know about getting into yoga, what styles to look for, what DVDs I’d recommend, how to score free podcasts on itunes, yoga attire, types of yoga classes/levels, the whole yoga magilla.   
Plus Tons of Yoga Pose Pics

Woman doing a backbend type yoga pose
 Woman doing a yoga pose with leg behind back
Woman doing yoga pose with outstretched legs
I worked pretty hard assembling that beast, so I hope you check it out

Wednesday I went to a 2.5 Hour Yoga Master Class 

Yoga Master Class
Woman smiling on yoga mat at Master Class

with Living Legend Dharma Mittra

 Woman with Dharma Mittra

And Shared some of his Wisdom & Insights:  For example-Find bliss and happiness from inside and within, especially when you are young, because nothing external will ever fulfill you and this only intensifies as we age

Dharma Mittra

And we talked about Patience and whether You’re a Patient Person, or Not!

And I made a Fresh Batch of high Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls
I love the big hunks of (vegan) chocolate chips. 
Close up of Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls
I have never met cookie dough I don’t love!
Two Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls in container

And made a Fresh Batch of Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing 

Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing with ingredients behind jar
Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing in jar

Which I used for my Greenery

Salad with vegetables topped with Vegan Slaw Dressing
Close up of salad with Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing 

And Wednesday I needed to start planning Skylar’s Birthday Party

 Young girl in stripped shirt smiling at countertop


Large number 3 birthday candle

I went Grocery Shopping and showed you my Finds

Wheat Free and Gluten Free Crackers
Palm full of crackers
Hand holding cherry


Sliced strawberries
Various groceries on countertop

And I confessed to Loving Gum!

Multiple flavors of Extra Gum

And I made Two Vegan Sweet Treats:

Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs

Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs

Right along with the No-Bake Vegan PB Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

No-Bake Vegan PB Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

No-Bake, Gluten-Free Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

Overhead of Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bar
Side of cut Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bar
Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bar

I also talked about Graitude and You told me Some Things You’re Grateful For 



Two women and child sitting at table in coffee shop

Madeline and I gabbed about life.  And Skylar snacked and kept us entertained.

Young girl sitting at outdoor table eating snacks
Young girl sitting at coffee shop table smiling

I got some cool finds in the mail like clothes

Various Hand Painted Bags

And a Cute Handpainted Bag

Hand painted bag with large heart

And a Kitchen Scale

 Eat Smart Food Scale
Red Food Scale

And I Gave you My Recipe for a Raw Vegan Blueberry Almond Smoothie

And I Nibbled another Bowl of Rabbit Food

Green Salad with mixed vegetables

Dressed with homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

Vegan Slaw Dressing with ingredients in background
Overhead of Vegan Slaw Dressing in jar
Salad dressed with Vegan Slaw Dressing

And Snacked on Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

 Two Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

While playing Nursemaid to Sick Skylar 

Young girl playing with barbie at coffee shop table

In between her snacking, Skylar’s nose ran all over the place.

Girl sitting and smiling at table
I know, she doesn’t look that sick.  But the poor pumpkin has a doosie of a cold!

Saturday I got the mail and found this package waiting for me:

Blue insulated lunch bag

I won Jessie’s Zevia Give Away and scored this little insulated lunchbag and a 6 pack of Zevia.  Thanks Jessie & Zevia!

Lunchbag filled with Zevia DrinksVarious Zevia Drinks on countertop

 I also won another Give Away: Priyanka’s One Year Blogiversary Giveaway for Glo Bars!

Various Glo Bars in box

Angela of Glo Bakery’s Info

Glo Bakery Business Card
Backside of Business Card

And the Loot:

Glo Bars in Chocolate Poppy-mint and Coconut Carob Brownie Bomb
Peanut Butter and Jelly with Cacao Nibs Glo Bar

Here’s the High Protein Post Workout Bar

High Protein Post-Workout Glo Bar

And Stats: 282 Cals, 12g fat, 11.2 g protein

Glo Bar nutrition facts
Nutrition Facts for Glo Bars

And this is the Energizing Maca PreWorkout Bar.  Which is a little smaller than the other bars.

Energizing Maca PreWorkout Bar

With smaller stats.

Nutrition Facts on Energizing Maca PreWorkout Bar

Thank you soooo much, Priyanka, for hooking me up with this great stash!!!!   Your generosity is amazing!

Yoga Today is Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose). 
Your Drishti, or Gazing Point, should be upward at your hand if your balance is stable.  If not, then pick a spot on the ground and work toward lifting your gaze, eventually. 

Woman doing Ardha Chandrasana yoga pose

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What are your little indulgences?  A $4 skinny sugarfree vanilla soy latte perhaps?  A bargain eyebrow wax A natural/power/protein/snack bar that you adore and can’t live without even if it’s a little pricey?  Your Cable TV subscription?  Your Netflix habit?  Your itunes downloads?  Carryout?  What do you like to indulge in that’s an extra-special little treat for yourself?

Hair Removal…do you do it? Waxing, Shaving, Laser, None of the Above and you prefer to braid your armpit hair, hippy yogi style?  Kidding!  Seriously, the price of those Venus Embrace razor blades is insane but they are my current fave.  I had laser hair removal done before Skylar was born.  It didn’t really work for me and I had like 8 treatments spaced out over a year.  I’ve since found out that blonde hair against medium-toned skin is hard for the laser to pick up.  Basically, if you’re like Snow White; super fair with black hair, you’ll have the best results.  I had the worst: blonde hair, tannish skin.  Glad I know that now.   I get sick of shaving but I hate stumble more.  And no, I will never be a braid-my-leg-hair-yoga-teacher!  Waxing, not really practical to keep it up.  And Nair and the like…that stuff scares me!  Hair Removal Tips, Tricks, and Suggestions Welcome!  What do you do?

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